Success is the sum of small efforts,
repeated day-in and day-out.
– Robert Collier
If you do just a little bit every day to make yourself stronger or better, then before long you’ll be significantly better, stronger, and more than you were before.
In a job search, that means learning something or doing something new every day to make you stronger or move you forward–improving your resume, finding employers or hiring managers to send it to, adding something new to your brag book, connecting with someone on LinkedIn, or even just taking the time to do something positive for yourself. One guy I know started working out while he was between jobs–it didn’t take him long to lose 50 pounds, and he felt amazing. Maybe you need to read something motivating or speak to someone who’s a positive influence.
In your career life, that may mean doing a lot of those same things, but also making a regular effort to connect with people in your network. Here’s an excerpt from 4 Easy Networking Tips for Your Job Search and Career:
Every 3-6 months, send an e-mail to everyone you have an email address for. This should be people you have something in common with: you used to work with them, your spouse works with them, you went to school with them, you were/are in some kind of a group with them, and so on. These don’t have to be close relationships–acquaintances are fine. Your email should say something like, “Hi, this is Peggy. It’s been a long time since we’ve talked. I’m still at ____________________, still doing _____________. If you need anything, please give me a call. Here are my phone numbers if you need to get in touch with me or give someone else my contact information if I can assist them. If your personal e-mail has changed, please let me know.” If you can and it makes sense, offer them something–this can be something you know they need help with, an article that’s relevant for them, or even just a bit of news they might be interested in. This little “Hi” will keep you in their minds so that when an opportunity DOES come up, they are likely to think of you. (Facebook and LinkedIn updates don’t count. You need this more ‘personal’ touch.)
One very positive thing to do this week to move you forward in your job search is to attend one of my Free Training Webinars. Those who attend tell me they come away feeling refreshed, motivated, and armed with great new tips for job search success.
I wish you the best of luck this week!